Abbott Principal, Data Scientist in Abbott Park, Illinois

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Primary Job Function

The Advanced Analytics Manager will be responsible for designing, validating, and solving business problems across the organization related to advanced analytics and big data at Abbott. This includes providing best-in-class analytical practices that compliments business efforts towards revenue generation, cost savings, working capital reduction, and cost avoidance. The responsibility involves managing the creation of mathematical models to deliver business valued decisions by leveraging statistical practices, operations research techniques, and data modeling. Coordinating efforts with cross functional divisions and strategic business partners in an effort to provide process improvements, leverage analytical tools, and information management will also be part of the role. The advanced analytics manager will work closely with key stakeholders, corporate IT, finance, and the business to assure continuous evolvement of data science and actionable analytics at Abbott. Supporting established dashboards, metrics and monitors is a core competency that the team provides. A candidate for this position would be well versed in programming, mathematics, statistics, data modeling, and have strong business acumen. The ability to work in a diverse team and willingness to learn will be a key attribute in the role.

Core Job Responsibilities

Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.

  • Ability to translate business needs and goals into an analytical approach and solution

  • Conceptualize, create, implement and drive advanced analytics across the organization to reflect best-in-class practices while supporting data management and business intelligence.

  • Support a core function to understand, capture, and operationalize advanced analytics at the enterprise level such that the business can easily consume and utilize findings

  • Work with multi-divisional/functional stakeholders to build and drive data modeling strategies and support other activities that require business information such as: market analysis, cost avoidance measures, comparative analysis, and working capital reduction.

  • Cultivate transparency across business sponsors by increasing access to data and analytics through discovery and visualization techniques with advanced analytics

  • Strong analytical skills with a solid foundation in: programming and algorithm development (R, python, SQL, VBA), mathematics and statistics (forecasting, simulation, mathematical programming, machine learning), and database (big data platforms and rational databases)

  • Business acumen within supply chain, marketing insights, and related system architecture

  • Strategically pursue the development of data modeling and advanced analytics in a continuous effort to keep Abbott a leader in the field

  • Other duties as assigned

Position Accountability / Scope

Products: Manage the creation of advanced analytical tool that will be developed by the team and the Agile server or any environment used for piloting projects.

Budgets: No budget will be allocated to the person in this position

Throughput: Identifying a combination of $1MM in cost savings, working capital, and/or revenue generation through analytical model/report development.

Level: An individual in this role is expected to interact with directors and managers leading investigations, meetings, and the timely delivery of projects

Purpose: The role has 3 main purposes: 1. Impact – identify cost savings, working capital, revenue generation, and/or gaining efficiencies through analytics; 2. Delivery – facilitate and support pilots aimed at realizing identified impacts and/or learnings for improvement; 3. Enrichment – elevate and develop advanced analytical skill set to solve business opportunities within divisions at Abbott .

Minimum Education

MSc, PhD, or equivalent experience required

Successful, 5+ year track record within data modeling and advanced analytics

Minimum Experience / Training Required

Deep experience with advanced analytics, system architecture, and large-scale data science

Strong background in programming languages (e.g. R, python, java, VBA) and algorithm development

Experience in applied mathematics, statistical analysis, and data management

Ability to turn a multi-facet, complex business problem into a robust engineered solution

Project management skill, ability to work cross-functionally, and propensity to operate independently

Effective communicator, positive, “can do” attitude, and “Systems” thinker

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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